Evil Things is yet another in a long line of increasingly popular"found footage" films but it makes a number of crucial mistakes. Tomake something worthwhile in the "found footage" subgenre you have tomake choices and stick with them, all for the sake of maintaining thereality for viewers. Evil Things doesn't do that, leaving it feelinglazy, incompetent and just a general mess. The opening screen tells youthat the tape is part of an F.B.I case before we get to see the footagebut then we get lots of little editing tricks and even, worst of all, asoundtrack when the tension starts to rise. Now I understand that apossible explanation was provided for the final structure of the filmbut it makes absolutely no sense at all (unlike the work in The LastExorcism or even the change of format in The Last Broadcast, both ofwhich were making points about the effectiveness of the medium itselfwhile providing some standard thrills). The other big mistake that EvilThings makes, and it's a common one in this subgenre, is to neverreally provide a satisfactory explanation as to just why a member ofthe group would videotape everything. Other people even tell theobsessive camera operator to switch the camera off . . . . . . and heagrees. Yet the camera just keeps on rolling.<br><br>The plot is a simple one. Five folk head out to a house in the middleof nowhere for a fun weekend but during the journey they are followedand harassed by a large van. Paranoia and fear keep growing until theyreach the house and then start to feel safe. But should they? Writtenand directed by Dominic Perez, Evil Things does have some decent littlemoments here and there, which makes it all the more frustrating whenthings begin to fall apart. The first 20 minutes or so, in particular,are enjoyable enough as viewers start to suspect a Duel scenariounfolding.<br><br>The cast aren't all that bad during the first half of the movie butquickly start to show their weaknesses as the movie takes a sharp divein quality. Lame scares are mixed with unintentionally laughable scenes(the group getting lost is just unbelievable and feels like nothingmore than padding and/or a nod to The Blair Witch Project) and theenjoyment factor begins to ebb away with every passing minute.<br><br>One to avoid, even if you're a big fan of this particular subgenre.
Horror / Mystery
Horror / Mystery
It's Miriam's 21st Birthday. As a birthday gift, Miriam's aunt Gail has decided to lend Miriam her beautiful country house for an entire weekend. Aunt Gail's country house is amazing. It's a four bedroom house surrounded by breathtaking mountains and miles and miles of woods. Miriam invites her young college friends Cassy, Mark, Tanya and Leo to join her at the country house for what looks to be the most amazing weekend ever. Of course they all jump at the chance to spend a free weekend in the country, in the middle of nowhere. Miriam's friends are totally in the mood for a big time party weekend. They're also anxious to escape the dark and gloomy concrete jungle known as Manhattan. Miriam, Cassy and Tanya bring the food. Mark brings the beer and Leo, the aspiring filmmaker, brings his new video camera. Leo hopes to produce a short movie by documenting every amazing moment of this weekend getaway. Unfortunately, what Leo ends up capturing on camera is not a weekend of peace and ...
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